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|Title:||Late Qing Woman Writers' New Concept of Marriage: Using Nuyu Hua, Jiemei Hua and Xiayi Jiaren as Examples|
Late Qing;woman writers;concept of marriage;freedom of marriage;socialization between male and female;love between husband and wife
|Issue Date:||2018-04-03 16:18:27 (UTC+8)|
A reformulation of the concept of marriage began to emerge in Late Qing China as intellectuals struggled to break away from the bonds of the traditional family and clan system and attempted to establish a different kind of marriage concept based on autonomous personal feeling and will. This new voice came to form the modern concept of marriage, which developed into the main trend in twentieth century China with its focus on ”freedom of marriage”（自由結婚）. Besides emphasizing free choice of marriage as well as personal independence, it also advocated more liberal social relations between the sexes.Issues concerning marriage and love therefore came to be a chapter in the development of the woman rights movement in the Late Qing period, yet these concerns were originally almost exclusively voiced by male intellectuals. This paper discusses how women, who were generally more deeply embedded in traditional society, reacted and responded to ”male” demands for woman rights. How did they reflect on and deal with their environment? Did calls for reform bring about a new era or prepare the next crisis? This article will analyze specific female narratives as found in Wang Miaoru's（王妙如）The Flower Walled in（Nuyu Hua,《女獄花》）, Huang Cuining's（黃翠凝）The Sisters（Jiemei Hua,《姊妹花》） and Shao Zhenhua's（邵振華）Courageous Beauty（Xiayi Jiaren,《俠義佳人》）in order to investigate the emerging concept and significance of marriage.
|Relation:||東亞觀念史集刊, 1, 261-298|
|Appears in Collections:||[東亞觀念史集刊] 期刊論文|
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